It has been a long time since Bradley Dack has taken to a football pitch for Blackburn Rovers.
The influential attacker has been out of action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a goalless draw with Wigan at Ewood Park back on the 23rd December last year.
Despite a string of impressive performances to highlight the quality Rovers possess within their squad, there can be no doubting that Dack’s killer instinct when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net has been missed on a number of occasions since his injury.
Now, with Rovers looking to mount a push for promotion this season, a return to contention for Dack would certainly be welcome for Tony Mowbray’s side, as they look to secure their return to the Premier League.
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After so long out on the sidelines, it seems as though Dack could soon be close to stepping out on a Championship pitch for Blackburn Rovers once more.
Recent updates have suggested that Mowbray is hopeful that he could have Dack available to call upon again for the first team after the November international break.
That could mean that Dack’s first game back is the trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton on the 21st November, while a trip to Deepdale for a local derby with Preston the following midweek could also be a mouthwatering possible setting for the 26-year-old’s return.
Before that however, it seems as though Dack will have to overcome some other tests of his recovery if he is to force his way back in to contention by that point.
Speaking recently, the attacking midfielder revealed that he will play one or two games for Rovers’ Under 23s side, before making his return to the senior setup.
Between now and the international break, Rovers Under Under 23s have games coming up away at West Ham this Friday, and at home to Arsenal on the 6th November, while a trip to Brighton on the Monday after the Luton game could also be a possibility for Dack depending on his progress.
Longer term, Dack’s contract at Ewood Park is set to expire at the end of this season, although the club do have the option to extend that deal by a further 12 months.
That is something they will no doubt if necessary, although given his proven importance to the club, Dack is no doubt one of the players the club will look to secure longer term deals for in the coming months, something they are now likely to look to do with the transfer window closed.